UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
12-01-2006 16:06Tonight (thursday) the free weekly cinema at the rampART is showing films related to the french riots.
During the last few weeks these riots have been used to fuel race hatred by nationalist and other right wing scum in the hope of gaining power and influence for their fascist agenda.
In France, Le Pen's Front National party has been milking the situation for all it's worth and apparently gaining support. Opinion poll commissioned by the newspaper Le Monde, suggest that only 39 percent of the French now believe that the views of the Front National party, are "unacceptable." That suggests up to 61 percent, now see Le Pen as a legitimate political candidate, along with his policies of compulsory mass expulsion of immigrants, including children born in France.
Moreover, the ideas and resentments that underpin Le Pen's message have become widespread. Nearly three out of four (73%) declared that "the traditional values of France are not adequately protected." while almost two out of three (63%), said that there are too many immigrants in France.
Le Monde also reported another poll organized by France's National Commission for the Rights of Man. It was accompanied by a confidential report to the Minister of the Interior, noting that "the word 'racist' has been liberated." Indeed it appears that the word is no longer used with shame in France. The poll found that 33% of French adults used the word 'racist' to describe themselves (in rural districts the percentage is even higher at 48%!). In the same poll a year ago, only 25 percent would call themselves 'racist.'
The poll showed that the public acceptance of racist attitudes is strongest among men, the elderly, skilled workers, small business people, company heads and workers. The report concludes that, "the end of the taboo against racism is confirmed by the finding that 63 percent of respondents said that certain behavior (by immigrants) can justify racist reactions."
Slightly less than the previous poll, this one reported that 56% thought that there were too many immigrants in France - even immigrants saying the same apparently! France has the highest proportion of immigrants in Europe with some 10 percent of the population, mostly of Islamic backgrounds in North Africa.
Racism appears to be making gains around Europe. In Belgium, the successor to the Vlaams Blok party (a party banned two years ago for it's 'extremism'), has 18% of the vote and is the second largest party in the Flemish parliament. It is also the largest party on Antwerp city where 'Mohammed' is now the most common name in new registrations of births.
In the UK, the British Nazi Party have also been striving to gain support for their fascist agenda by capitalising on peoples fear after the french riots. http://www.bnp.org.uk/columnists/brimstone2.php?leeId=66 All over the internet you can find right wing websites exploiting stories of gang rape of white women by muslims men in order to fuel the race hate that gives them power.
Where the riots in france really race riots by terrorist inspired muslim youth or simply a class issue of alienation, discrimination and poverty? Whatever the answer that fact remains that tensions are growing as the cap between the haves and have nots widens under global capitalism and as the worlds finite resources are squandered at an ever increasing pace.
12-01-2006 15:55On Sunday 15th January, former U.S Secretary of State Colin Powell will be guest speaker at a fund- raising dinner being held by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in London.
12-01-2006 13:16The city's refugee campaign group is developing more and more ideas for action.
12-01-2006 12:52•Tuesday 24th Jan, 6pm The Cowley Club, 12 London Rd, Brighton
* Report back from a recent trip to Venezuela
•* FILM: Bolivarian Venezuela; people and struggle
•* Short film from a new libertarian social centre in Caracas
•* Information on indigenous struggles in the rural North West
12-01-2006 02:29º En entrevista con La Rosa Negra - contrainformación de México, la CRA de Venezuela expone la importancia del Foro Social Alternativo a realizarse dentro de poco y comenta aspectos significativos de su actividad como grupo libertario.
11-01-2006 22:22BBC reporter Bill Hayton appeared as a prosecution witness today, in the trial of police over the Diaz School raid during the G8 in Genoa in 2001. He has written what will be his one and only story for the BBC on the trail because the corporation have sent another journalist because, of course, they need an "unbiased observer".
11-01-2006 16:35brief statement in response to many queries we received about Mr George Galloway’s reported role on a scheduled debate on the same Bill
Location for the summit will be Heiligendamm, part of the town Bad Doberan at the Baltic See.
11-01-2006 02:01Celtic-American rap anarchist Emcee Lynx is now booking shows for his first international tour (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Galacia, Euzkadi, Spain, and England) this summer.
10-01-2006 23:51A national protest outside the US embassy in London is being organised by groups of Guantanamo campaigners from across the country, and is planned for Saturday 21st January (a week next Saturday). Coaches will be leaving from Carr's Lane Church at 8.30am in Birmingham city centre, and the central mosque at 8.45am. I have tickets for sale: £6 for student/unemployed or £12 employed. Email me at: email@example.com if you would like to go.
10-01-2006 19:01Kronstadt: Trotsky was right!
10-01-2006 18:59In September of 1920, Ivanov V. (representative of the Southern Front Revolutionary Soviet) visited Makhno. He later wrote this description of Makhno’s camp: “The regime is brutal, the discipline is hard as steel, rebels are beaten on the face for any small breach, no elections to the general command staff, all commanders up to company commander are appointed by Makhno and the Anarchist Revolutionary War Council, Revolutionary Military Soviet (Revvoensovet) became an irreplaceable, uncontrollable and non-elected institution
10-01-2006 16:46Organising an event of workshops, speakers, food, music and film to celebrate the revolutionary social, economic and cultural changes being pursued by popular movements across Latin America.
10-01-2006 14:18There will be an initial planning meeting at Larc on thursday 12th Jan @ 7pm
10-01-2006 13:34Autonomous anti-prisons magazine goes online, archiving articles about european repression and struggle.
Tony Blair’s hogging of the ‘headlines’ over the ridiculous ‘respect agenda’ today Tuesday 9 January 2006 is an indulgence that must be put into perspective. The Blairite behaviour of the controlling group on Tower Hamlets Council has been abysmally anti-democratic.
10-01-2006 06:48Much resepect to David Letterman, aka The Big Guy. Followed by a taste of a 1973 Watergate hearing and a 60 Minutes story on the CIA's practice of "Rendition", covert kidnapping using private jets. Finally, Lewis Black to bring a positive and uplifting finale.